Friends of the Alley
from Style & Motion
Our first major project is to permanently light Buckham Alley. Over the past 5 years Buckham Alley fest has drawn thousands of people to the downtown, all of whom have marveled at the twinkle of our lights. This past year we decided to leave the lights up through the fall. When we were forced to take them down due to Michigan weather changes, we vowed that we would put them up permanently, helping to create a public space in the alley.
We will be permanently affixing the lighting to the buildings along the alley as well as providing areas for sponsor banners to fly. We think that this will also encourage other future events and creative uses of the space to present themselves. When the lights have been up for the fest they create a feeling of excitement that we desire to continue.
The overall cost for this permanent installation is going to be roughly $80,000 dollars. The remaining money from the grant will be used to install banner holders, cover any contingencies and to have a maintenance reserve to assure that the lights stay lit for years to come!
We feel that our project will impact our community on several fronts. First we think that the lighting will create an increased desire for more community events helping to grow a culture in our rebounding downtown. We also recognize that the lights create an increased sense of security for visitors to our downtown as well as office employees and residents. It helps to further Friends of The Alley's mission of creating a friendly, fun usable space and attempting to pedestrianize and beautify our alleys. The 2 blocks that will be lit will also help to encourage more commercial growth along the alley. There are several store fronts that will greatly benefit from the increased activity.
We want to give special thanks to those who contributed to our campaign especially Diplomat, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's match.